BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, why is it if all those people are so popular and (INDISTINCT) don't your point, why didn't one of them run for President?
REINCE PRIEBUS: Well, I think, obviously they have other things on their mind. I mean, you've been in office for a year, some of these guys want to wait a little while before they actually run for President. It's not-- you can't have the whole world running for President. I think our field is very strong. And I-- and I think that what we're going to have is a very intelligent, articulate alternative to a President who woke up this morning and wished that his poll numbers were as good as Jimmy Carter's. I mean he's doing miserably around America and people know it. So, they're looking for an alternative.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, but why-- but why do you think it is that-- that Mitt Romney seems to generate so little excitement? And I'm not talking about the electorate in general. I'm talking about Republicans.
REINCE PRIEBUS: Well, I don't think-- I mean again, Bob, I don't accept that. I mean, you-- you have a huge field of candidates. And he's been polling consistently pretty well. And reality is, you know, it's not as the job of the RNC chairman to start picking out candidates and refereeing this debate. My job is to make sure that we have a functional, operational Republican National Committee, that we're well funded and that we can get along the way of making sure that we make Barack Obama one-term President and save this country economically. And listen, Americans aren't happy with the direction that we're going. That's the issue. The issue is, the-- we have a President in office who, if he was an employee of any business in America, he would have been fired a long time ago. And that's where Americans are at.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, why is it? How do you think it is that Newt Gingrich is now leading in the polls out there in Iowa? I want-- I just want to quote from you what The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd noted this morning. She said that Newt Gingrich "swims in a sea of duality" and offered this paragraph. She said, "He didn't get whiplash being a serial adulterer while impeaching another serial adulterer, a lobbyist for Freddie Mac while attacking Freddie Mac, a self-professed fiscal conservative and a whop while he had a whopping Tiffany's credit line, and an anti-Communist Army brat who supported the Vietnam War but dodged it." Now, why do you think Newt Gingrich winds up leading the polls for your party right now?
REINCE PRIEBUS: Well, I mean, why is he leading the polls? Because people are supporting him. I mean, I-- I don't-- I don't think there's any issue with that. I mean-- and that's Maureen Dowd's personal opinion. I mean, she's entitled to her opinion. A lot of columnists have different opinions. I-- I happen to believe, though, at the end of the day what this race is going to come down to is whether or not Barack Obama actually fulfilled the simple, very few promises that he made, like cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, didn't do it. Get the debt under control, didn't do it. Put people back to work, didn't do it. I mean, the reality is the President has to run on a record. And he-- he wasn't the great uniter that he promised to be.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you--
REINCE PRIEBUS: He's become the great divider of this country.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you--
REINCE PRIEBUS: That's the issue.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you think Republicans might actually go into this convention with no nominee? An old-fashioned brokered convention where they wouldn't choose the nominee until they got to the convention. Do you see that as a possibility now?
REINCE PRIEBUS: Well, I mean, I think it's highly, highly doubtful that that happens. And I'll tell you this. No matter what happens, we are going to be unified because this President needs to be fired. We need to save this country economically. And we need to put someone who is real and authentic back into the White House.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Mister Priebus, thank you so much for joining us.
REINCE PRIEBUS: Thank you, Bob.
BOB SCHIEFFER: I really appreciate you coming by this morning. And we're going to turn to the other side of the table now. And there sits Robert Gibbs who--
ROBERT GIBBS (Obama Campaign Advisor): Good morning, Bob.
BOB SCHIEFFER: -- heard-- heard all of this. So what do you-- how do you respond to that? Mister Priebus says finally, we just ought to fire the guy. He hadn't done anything.
ROBERT GIBBS: Well, look, let me answer the question that Chairman Priebus didn't want to answer. I-- I think the reason that Mitt Romney-- people don't like him and why he hasn't caught fire is if you hear what he says today, it's likely to change tomorrow. I think there's great skepticism. He's a political gymnast of the highest order. He will say virtually anything to get elected to any office. Just last night he was in New York on a Mike Huckabee show disavowing climate change and environmental-- and the Environmental Protection Agency despite the fact that just a few years ago, he was bragging in Massachusetts about all the steps they were taking to combat climate change. The-- the one thing that is certain in this Republican primary, if you don't like where Mitt Romney is today, just wait until tomorrow. It's a little bit like the weather.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me just ask you this part. The President is often running on campaigning. I think he's had sixty-two fund-raisers so far. They're talking about somewhere down the line he might raise a record billion dollars. But, Mister Gibbs, the question I keep hearing from both Democrats and Republicans is, why does the President continue to sort of hold himself above the battle as far as what's going on with his day job being President? I mean, how could he just sort of sit there and let this supercommittee fail? Just fall on its face as it did?
ROBERT GIBBS: Well, Bob, the supercommittee was a creation of Congress for Congress to do its job. They're the appropriators. But understand what Barack Obama did for the supercommittee. He laid out a plan that would have easily restructured our long-term fiscal picture and gotten our debt under control. He got members of his own party to support that. And he rallied the country around his plan and they supported it. That's what a President has to do.